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Powered by Walden Homes, Behind The Build delves into the lives and works of those shaping the world of bespoke homes

Behind The Build is a new podcast powered by Walden Homes and hosted by the company’s chief of project development, Jonathan Jacobs. Empowered by a desire to unravel the human side of the design business, Jacobs says the podcast’s aim is to “Showcase dialogue with designers in residential construction and foster a shared space to reflect on the artistry and intricacies of their work.” From space-making structures to innovative techniques, the podcast explores the process of bringing ideas to life. In each episode, architects and designers offer a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and triumphs within the industry plus insight into their own personal journeys.

“In the conversations we often have with designers and architects about their work, we gain an understanding of their process yet often miss out on truly knowing who they are and their journey,” says Jacobs. “That’s why we’ve aimed to create an environment where we can sit down and explore the initial inspirations behind someone’s design practice and really delve into what led them to pursue it.”

Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan Jacobs, Walden Homes chief of project development and host of Behind The Build.

For the podcast’s inaugural episode, SMPL Design Studio founder and principal Joel Tanner shared his passion for continued learning—and in its latest episode, BDP Quadrangle‘s Les Klein chats everything from his most notable achievements in architecture to our civic responsibilities as Torontonians.

“This podcast is making waves in the industry, not just with potential clients as listeners but fellow designers as listeners – wondering how each firm does things a bit differently,” says Tanner. “It’s an education for all of us.” Joel Tanner Founder & Principal, SMPL Design Studio

Behind The Build is available to stream on SpotifyApple PodcastsYouTube and Amazon Music.

The podcast proves a space where both the design industry and design curious can learn more about how our homes, communities and city at large are being shaped by the creatives tasked with building.

While Behind The Build has, so far, focused on the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area, weekly posts on its Instagram page will soon preview the national and international talent joining the show’s guest list—with plans to expand its regional context by fall of this year. With a blend of informative discussions and inspiring narratives, Behind The Build serves as a valuable resource for professionals and enthusiasts alike, celebrating the artistry and ingenuity behind where we live.


Get a closer look at what you can expect to find in the 2024 New Builds Issue of Designlines Magazine

In the 2024 Spring/Summer Issue of Designlines, we focus on New Builds and “celebrate the profound impact of creating something new, not just as an architectural endeavour but as a testament to laying down roots and shaping the very essence of our city’s identity,” editor-in-chief Joseph Cicerone writes.



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